Talk Is Free Theatre’s indefinite tour of Darrell Dennis’ Tales of an Urban Indian makes its last stop of 2020 in Grande Prairie, Alberta – star Brendan Chandler’s hometown. Uniquely staged on a moving bus, the audience are passengers being driven through the streets and become immersed in this touching story of survival and hope. Previously performed across Canada, the United States, and most recently in Adelaide, Australia, this stop marks its first time in Alberta and an incredibly special engagement for Brendan Chandler.

Brendan was born and raised in Grande Prairie, and graduated from Grande Prairie Composite High School where he started acting in Devin Whipple’s drama class. He also had a very close and personal relationship with the Grande Prairie Live Theatre, performing in various productions and learning more about his passion for acting. Brendan has a very personal relationship with the theatre because it is where he found he could truly be himself and every time he stepped on any stage it felt alchemistic. Now to be returning home with Tales of an Urban Indian, he knows it is a dream come true, not only for himself, but his number 1 fan: his grandmother who gets to see this fantastic production.

“It’s one of the most rewarding feelings as an artist to come home and bring something so special to share with the people” says Chandler.

Tales of an Urban Indian is the story of Simon Douglas, a contemporary Indigenous man, who grows up on both the reserve in British Columbia and in Vancouver. The play conjures up many characters that appear in Simon’s life as seen through his eyes, all played by Chandler. Patrons are passengers on the bus, bearing witness to Simon’s journey and ultimately to his healing. Tales of an Urban Indian is staged on a moving city bus, which drives through a city and visits locations matching those of the play’s plot.

Chandler elaborates “This is a story that relates to our history, to our culture, and it invites deeper conversations to be had.”

Says playwright Darrell Dennis: “Although this is a semi-autobiographical play, its longevity suggests that Simon’s story is universal, and his quest for belonging, identity and acceptance is a struggle that we all share. May we all find what we are looking for on our shared pathways.”

The production debuted triumphantly in 2009 in Talk Is Free Theatre’s home community of Barrie, Ontario and extended its original run six times. The production was subsequently revived twice in Barrie, followed by sold out tours to Halifax, Ottawa, Vancouver, Iqaluit, Saint John, and Hannibal, USA, among others. In 2019 it celebrated a landmark 500th performance in Brisbane, Australia.

TIFT has partnered with Grande Prairie Live Theatre to bring this production to the people of Grande Prairie. Grande Prairie Live Theatre is a volunteer community theatre established in 1963. GPLT is excited to be selling the tickets for this significant play. Tales of an Urban Indian is a logical follow up to GPLT’s 2019 production of Keith Barker’s The Hours that Remain dealing with Canada’s murdered and missing women and children tragedy.

Tales of an Urban Indian

Written by
Darrell Dennis

Directed by
Herbie Barnes

Brendan Chandler

Performance Dates
October 15 to 18, 2020 at 8PM
October 20 to 24, 2020 at 8PM

The pickup location will be at:

Grande Prairie Live Theatre
10130-98 Avenue
Grande Prairie, AB

COVID-19 Precautions

All ticket holders must wear masks to be admitted and for the duration of the performance. Ticket holders must remain seated until the end of the performance.

Ticket Purchases

The bus is equipped to safely hold 30 patrons per performance. Tickets are $29 plus HST and can be purchased by visiting Grande Prairie Live Theatre’s website at HERE or calling (780) 538-1616.

Download the program HERE